Phyllis Hammer had heard of the sick leave bank before she even started work at UT Martin. Working at UT Federal Credit Union, Phyllis was familiar with the program and its benefits, and as soon as she started working for the University and was eligible, she signed up for the program.
"You never think you're going to need it, but I was glad that I signed up," she said.
In August of 2006, Phyllis had surgery but was not worried since she thought she had accrued sufficient sick and annual leave. However, by December she had exhausted all of her time.
She applied for and was granted sick leave from the bank and was even able to give time back that she did not use.
"I always recommend this program to new employees," Phyllis said.